Today is Friday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2018. There are 262 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1598: King Henry IV of France endorses the Edict of Nantes, which grants rights to the Protestant Huguenots.

1613: Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, is captured by English Capt. Samuel Argall in the Virginia Colony. (During a yearlong captivity, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and ultimately opted to stay with the English.)

1742: “Messiah,” the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the “Hallelujah” chorus, has its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland.

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of the third American president’s birth.

1964: Sidney Poitier becomes the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.”

1970: Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, is crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen bursts. (The astronauts manage to return safely.)

2017: Pentagon officials say U.S. forces in Afghanistan have struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military.


1993: Limited commercial operations have begun at the Waste Technologies Industries hazardous-waste incinerator at East Liverpool. Parents of students at a school overlooking the plant’s smokestacks say they want an emergency evacuation plan in place in case of a mishap.

About 100 employees will be hired at the Greenville Rail Car Division of Trinity Industries Inc. to help fill a $45 million order from Burlington Northern, the largest U.S. railroad.

Austintown Township trustees are trying for the third time in four years to force an Ohltown Road couple to remove cars parked on their property. County Court Judges Robert Lisotto and Beth Smith found the couple not guilty of violating zoning laws in the earlier actions.

1978: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley says any city employee hired after Jan. 20, 1972, who attempts to move out of the city will be fired.

The NAACP will appeal U.S. District Court Judge Leroy Contie’s school segregation ruling, claiming he misunderstood the issues, ignored certain evidence and misapplied legal standards in finding that there was no intentional segregation in the Youngstown school district.

The Ohio March of Dimes names Helen Mager, certified nurse practitioner and nursing director for the Mahoning County Health Department, its Nurse of the Year.

1968: Mrs. Miriam Staff Ullman, president of the Monday Musical Club for 29 years and wife of Carl W. Ullman, president of Dollar Savings & Trust Co., dies of a heart attack. Under her leadership, the musical club enjoyed the greatest period in its 70-year history.

David Bar-Illan, young Israeli pianist, will be guest soloist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for the final concert of the 1967-68 season.

1943: Atty. Simon Leis of Cincinnati, assigned as a special prosecutor, convenes a grand jury in Mahoning County that is expected to take two months to investigate every aspect of rackets activity in the Youngstown area.

Mahoning County folks bought $3 million worth of government securities in the first two days of the Second Victory Loan Drive, which seeks to raise $13.6 million.

Two government officials are making a personal inspection of the proposed Mosquito Creek Reservoir site and the Warren domestic water plant to determine the urgency of building the reservoir.

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